Graves Co. inmate awarded for heroics on night of tornado reunited with family after 20 years

Kentucky inmate being recognized for heroic action during tornado
Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 5:27 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2022 at 10:53 AM CST
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GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A facebook post about a Heartland inmate helped reunite him with his long lost family.

According to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, Marco Sanchez talked to his sister online on Thursday, February 24 for the first time in about 20 years.

His sister lives in Arizona and heard the recent reports about her brothers’ heroics on the night of the tornado in Mayfield.

February 22, 2022 Re: Sheriff's Meritorious Award presented today Today we would like to recognize a man, who went...

Posted by Graves County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Authorities say Sanchez, who was working at the candle factory that night, helped save lives despite suffering a cracked ribs and a broken leg.

In addition to talking to his sister, Sanchez also got to meet to his two nieces for the first time.

02-24-22 Re: Marco Sanchez update The Graves County jail inmate Marco Sanchez whom received an award for his heroic...

Posted by Graves County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 24, 2022

According to the sheriff’s office, Sanchez is scheduled to be released from custody on March 1.

They said he will have temporary housing, but they are asking anyone with information on a reliable, inexpensive vehicle they may have for sale to contact them at 270-247-4501.

In order for Sanchez to get a job, the sheriff’s office said he will need reliable transportation.

02-26-22 UPDATE: There has been a donation made of a vehicle to be donated to Mr. Sanchez. We appreciate everyone that...

Posted by Graves County Sheriff's Office on Friday, February 25, 2022

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